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  • Stevie Wonder at Taste of Chicago
    event had to be Obama t shirts Wonder could have filled the next two hours and 41 minutes with his early Motown hits alone he s had so many of them before he even turned 21 in 1971 But rather than perform a predictable greatest hits oldies collection he played some lesser known pieces too such as Golden Lady and Hey Love as he dipped into his songbook from each decade He even included a cover of the standard Fever From dreamy ballads to vibrant Latin flavored numbers to jazzy vocal flights reggae rhythms pop and old school R B Stevie s song selection fully utilized his 13 piece backup band to capacity not to mention Stevie s own array of keyboards and synthesizers And of course his wonderful harmonica playing Wonder s voice is an instrument unto itself and it s still magnificent at age 58 In the major hit category Wonder got everyone singing clapping and dancing along with Masterblaster Jammin Higher Ground Don t You Worry Bout A Thing Living For The City Isn t She Lovely Ribbon In The Sky My Cherie Amour Signed Sealed Delivered I m Yours Sir Duke I Wish those days could come back once more I Just Called To Say I Love You I Was Made To Love Her Superstition I ll Be Loving You Always and Overjoyed In fact Stevie seemed overjoyed to be performing in Chicago for such a huge crowd He s a master showman a performer who completely knows how to work a crowd On stage Wonder is very animated and mobile and full of surprises At one point during the show he stood up on his piano bench wiggling and singing his long braids swaying then jumped down landing soundly During another number he ventured to the edge of the stage and knelt down to sing to the screaming fans in the front rows He loves to chat and interact with the patrons encouraging singalongs and audience participation He has a clever touch when introducing songs too For example he did the Peter Frampton thing singing the Chi Lites Have You Seen Her through a vocoder Then it was a snippet of Jackie Wilson s Higher and Higher before he launched into his own Higher Ground which caused the crowd to spring to its feet He led into the lovely romantic Ribbon in the Sky with a question I wonder if a survey s been done for how many times has someone made love to a Stevie Wonder song Fellas you done that As Wonder was finishing his eleventh song which started as a slow ballad and built to a bluesy scat vocal during which he sang about economic and social justice Rev Jesse Jackson appeared on stage and whispered to Stevie The civil rights leader then commanded the crowd to scream for Stevie as he recited a long list of the entertainer s many accomplishments in working for equality and social justice The Rev revved

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  • Live Review, Solid Blues
    clapping along It featured Cody on acoustic guitar Luther sliding on dobro and Chris playing bass parts on four string acoustic guitar The second number was an instrumental guitar and dobro duet between the brothers that was reminiscent of Allman Brothers acoustic songs such as Little Martha Cody proved he could easily leave his day job as the band s drummer since his pickin is as hot as Leo Kottke s Cody s considerable drum and percussion skills provided the dramatic backdrop for the trio s haunting version of Bob Dylan s 60s anti war protest song Masters of War Luther took over acoustic guitar and vocal duties as he sang Dylan s epic ode against war mongers while the music pulsated and throbbed to a crescendo As the band switched to electric guitars Luther dedicated the song to the brave volunteers in our military Joe Krown joined the All Stars on piano and electric keyboards as Chris Chew sang the blues on Don t Let Me Drown For their final number Po Black Maddie Cherry Red the band strutted its North Mississippi Hill Country stuff performing the funky revved up blues rock style that gets em boogying at Bonnaroo It was a thrilling 28 minute set with more to come CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE After a brief intermission Charlie Musselwhite strolled on stage carrying his arsenal in a metal briefcase of full of blues While he set up the harmonica filled case on a stool next to his mic the North Mississippi Allstars joined the blues harp master for more great jams Charlie opened with a Chicago style blues song Fast Women Whiskey a tale that you know he lived through His vocal style is to talk sing and Charlie knows exactly how to draw the listener in like an expert story teller or a poetry slammer Born in Mississippi Charlie noted that his family moved to Memphis where he immersed himself in the blues scene He moved by himself to Chicago at age 18 where he didn t know a soul This inspired him to write Nobody Knows Me The band started the song in Chicago style blues which they clearly dug During his solo Charlie turned to face Luther for some improvised guitar and harp interplay that was wildly creative and joyous Suddenly the Allstars kicked it up a notch and turned the song into a smokin Hill Country style blues while Charlie blew crazy notes and Luther madly played slide guitar The next song Black Water switched to a more somber tone as Charlie explained the song was about Hurricane Katrina s aftermath He added some people call the song Bush Water The instrumental featured Charlie s mournful harp solo and Luther s haunting slide work The sadness was quickly replaced by the next song Church Is Out which Charlie explained is another way of saying time to party The band did exactly that Luther s rockin guitar solo sounded much like the old Johnny Rivers hit Secret

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  • Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival, Chicago, IL
    They were about to transform into a blues super group JIMMIE VAUGHAN Cray then brought on Jimmie Vaughan the former guitarist and bandleader for the original Fabulous Thunderbirds Vaughan and Cray dueted on a fun fast 50s style rocker Roll Roll Roll Jimmie dedicated the next song to his late brother Stevie Ray and played a blues tune called Crossroads but not the Robert Johnson Cream song It was a heartfelt rendition Cray and Vaughan then got back to jammin on a jump blues tune that had folks dancin It was nice to see Cray having some fun and really wailing on guitar after those sad songs he chose for his set HUBERT SUMLIN The next special guest for the blues super group was Hubert Sumlin Howlin Wolf s guitarist who played on most of his Chess record hits was a huge influence on the likes of Clapton and Keith Richards It was time for some real Chicago blues Perhaps as an homage to Willie Dixon Cray s bass man switched to upright bass It took the spry senior some time to get started Sumlin played sitting down and led the band in two blues classics Killing Floor and Sittin on Top of the World Cray s band had now expanded to three great blues guitarists And then it was time for the King of the Blues B B KING Looking as jovial as royalty can get B B made his entrance to a standing ovation waving to the crowd Sumlin rushed to hug him and the musicians on stage were beaming huge smiles The cameraman showed Clapton in the wings doing likewise B B took a seat picked up Lucille and belted out Paying the Cost to Be the Boss and Rock Me Baby while he boogied in his chair to laughter He coaxed Cray to take several solos Then it was time for his front porch chat with the crowd something he always does during his shows The man LOVES to talk and spin meandering tales This time he focused only on praising Eric Clapton and all of the host s good deeds He encouraged the younger players on stage to carry on playing the blues B B told the crowd he was 81 and asked everyone to toast Clapton And then he toasted the audience and told them that when it was time for him to be buried the last thing he d hoped to hear was the sound of his fans His fellow musicians became teary eyed and the crowd stood and cheered B B hit them with the immortal opening notes of The Thrill Is Gone featuring his signature string bending soul piercing tones his deep powerful singing and animated stage personae Then he was done He exited the same way he came on standing ovation hugs smiles and waves all around It was the most touching and sincere set of the show It was 4 23 p m Only seven and a half hours to go GUITAR CENTER CONTEST WINNER BREAK TIME It was time to brave the concession stand again to fight against dehydration I didn t catch the next act at all but it seems they were jinxed The sound kept going out I heard that the Guitar Center Contest Winner was a band with two male guitarists and a female rock violinist who played original pop rock fare Whoever they were I felt very sorry for them Most people were searching for dinner at that point JOHN MAYER Bill Murray came out in costume the first of several he d don that night Dressed in a white disco suit wearing a wig and moustache that made him look like a Spinal Tap member the comedian used a fake British accent to bring on John Mayer There is more to young Mr Mayer than sugary sweet pop songs screaming teenage girls and tabloid news of his love life Mayer s approximately 40 minute set proved the twenty something Grammy winner to be an artist of good taste musical substance and a skilled versatile guitarist Anyone who wants to learn to play the blues and chooses Buddy Guy as a mentor is alright by me He appeared at Clapton s Dallas event and has truly improved his music in just three years Being chosen to sing and play on recent CDs by John Scofield and Herbie Hancock qualifies Mayer as a hitter heavy enough to be included in the Chicago Crossroads And anyone who starts his set by saying Every note that comes out of this guitar is dedicated to Mr B B King has his heart in the right place That said he and his large band performed perfect versions of four songs from his Grammy winning CD Continuum The first two Waiting on the World to Change and Belief are both gentle anti war protests Next was Vultures about the world constantly testing him Mayer switched into blues guitar mode and played a swinging I Don t Need No Doctor a Ray Charles number that he cut with jazz artist John Scofield Now Mayer could cut loose with some blues guitar chops proving that he has indeed evolved into a serious musician of note He closed with the dreamy gospel tinged Gravity VINCE GILL When country superstar Vince Gill prepared to take the stage emcee Bill Murray demanded and received a standing ovation from the crowd to greet the genial Grammy winner Clapton is known for his love of both blues and country music Vince Gill can play guitar in both genres plus everything in between so it s no wonder the host asked Gill and his 10 piece band back for the Chicago Crossroads Gill and large band kicked it off with the rollicking rock n roll song Liza Jane and then Cowboy Up featuring Gill on some very bluesy guitar followed by Sweet Thing Like the blues super band that preceded them Gill s group two keyboards pedal steel

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  • Your Complete Guide to the Chica
    including Gold Carp Jack Fruit Mirrors The Bitter Oleander Press 2008 and The Theory and Function of Mangoes Four Way Books 2000 which won the Four Way Books Intro Series C R Press recently published The Recumbent Galaxy a book of poems he co authored with Alvaro Cardona Hine as first prize in C R Press s Open Competition Hundreds of his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States Canada Greece India Japan Mexico Thailand the United Kingdom and elsewhere including The Best American Poetry 2008 and 1997 American Letters Commentary New American Writing and elsewhere He is the recipient of Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts 1993 and the Indiana Arts Commission 2001 and first prize in the 1998 Abiko Quarterly International Poetry Prize Japan George Kalamaras right with co author Alvaro Cardona Hine George s poems about Charles Mingus Art Blakey Eric Dolphy Kenny Dorham Lee Morgan and Max Roach have been published in a limited edition poetry pamphlet available from Longhouse Publishers Or email Longhouse at poetry sover net You can read more about George listen to him read his poetry and find links to interviews at Elixir Press

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  • CHICAGO BLUES ALL-STARS, Red, Hot & Blue, Azure Music, CD review
    phrase I would give it the moniker Funk Passion Funk music is in their blood They cannot escape from it and it shows on each single track The Chicago Blues All stars CBAS is the brainchild of guitar player singer Daniel Ivankovich a k a Chicago Slim and Ray Killer Allison Killer Ray was formerly a drummer for legends like Buddy Guy Koko Taylor and Junior Wells but is now playing guitar and fronting the CBAS on vocals The band concept began in 2007 and evolved into the ensemble that it is today All angles are covered here Three male instrumentalists singers and one outstanding female singer named Anji Brooks more below two funky guitar players Dan Ivankovich and Killer Ray a stellar keyboard player Roosevelt Mad Hatter Purifoy who is the author of the disc s lone original tune and a strong and seasoned harp player Scott Dirks who blends in quite well with a Taj Mahal like dirty harp tone an outstanding horn section led by Johnny Cotton and last but not least a dead on and powerful rhythm section with Johnny B Gayden on bass formerly with Albert Collins and Jerry Porter on drums who took the drums duties with Buddy Guy after Killer left the band The singer who stands out the most here is newcomer Anji Brooks She sings on three tunes and does so with heart and conviction She is an exciting new voice in Chicago Discovered by Killer Ray Allison Ms Brooks has a great future ahead of her Red Hot Blue will likely not appeal to blues purists Being comfortable with the band s name will depend on the listener s definition as to what Chicago Blues music is and what it is not Regardless this All Stars band is at the

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  • Your Complete Guide to the Chica
    labels links EVENTS NEWS FEATURES REVIEWS CD DVD Live Shows PHOTOS CONTACT ARCHIVE DIRECTORY Hambone s Top Spins CLICK ON CD COVER ART Hambone s Top Spins 2011 Hambone s Top Spins 2010 Hambone s Top Spins 2009 Hambone s Top Spins 2008 Rick Simcox The ToneQuesters Debut album now at Jazz Record Mart Dave Specter Rockin Johnny June 8 2011 Jimmy Dawkins Jody Williams Billy Flynn June 9 2011

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  •  Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows for this week!
    at B L U E S Chicago Jimmy Johnson Matt Hendricks at Buddy Guy s Legends Chg o Nick Moss Band Steepwater Band at Beer Geeks Highland IN Open Mic Jingle Jam w Pistol Pete at Harlem Ave Lounge Berwyn Dec 24 Carl Weathersby Mike Wheeler w Peaches at Kingston Mines Chgo Dec 25 Toronzo Cannon Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines Chgo Dec 26 Mud Morganfield Jimmy Johnson at SPACE Evanston Lil Ed The Blues Imperials at B L U E S Chicago Chicago Bound Blues Band at Nick s Beer Garden Chgo Lurrie Bell at Rosa s Chgo Keith Scott at Smoke Daddy Chicago Dec 26 27 Shirley Johnson Blues Band at Blue Chicago Chicago Billy Branch Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines Chgo J T Talmadge Damian Williams at Hugo s Frog Bar Chgo Dec 27 Rhythm Rockets Andrew Diehl the Nightmen at 27 Live Evanston Lil Ed The Blues Imperials at Rosa s Chgo Chicago R B Kings Alex Wilson at Buddy Guy s Legends Chg o John Primer at House of Blues Chgo Smiley Tillmon Kate Moss at Nick s Beer Garden Chgo Ronnie Baker Brooks at Tailgaters Bolingbrook Mike Wheeler at Harlem Ave Lounge Berwyn Dec 28 Peaches Staten The Grooveshakers at Blue Chicago Chicago B rother John Kattke at Shaw s Chicago Dec 29 Pistol Pete at B L U E S Chicago Giles Corey at Shaw s Chicago Dec 30 J C Brooks Renaldo Domino Chicago Rock n Soul Revue at City Winery Chicago Ronnie Baker Brooks at Beer Geeks Highland IN Ron Sorin The Blue Coast Band at Buddy Guy s Legends Chg o Omar Coleman at Shaw s Chicago NEW YEAR S EVE Dec 31 Shemekia Copeland at City Winery Chicago C orky Siegel s Chamber Blues First Night Evanston at Music

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  •  Chicago Blues Guide HOT shows for this week!
    w Vance Kelly at B L U E S Chicago Elmore James Jr The Broomdusters at Beer Geeks Highland IN Dec 17 Royal Southern Brotherhood at SPACE Evanston Joe Moss Band at House of Blues Chgo Ryan Mumby The 100 Year Rain at Reggie s Chgo Dec 18 Sheryl Youngblood Matt Hendricks at Buddy Guy s Legends Chg o Nellie Tiger Travis Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines Chgo B illy Flynn Friends Studebaker John at House of Blues Chgo Linsey Alexander at Shaw s Chicago Dec 19 Grana Louise at Nick s Beer Garden Chgo Lurrie Bell at B L U E S Chicago Brian Carpy The Standbys at Smoke Daddy Chicago Pistol Pete at Harlem Ave Lounge Berwyn Dec 19 20 John Primer w Peaches Staten at Blue Chicago Chicago B ig James The Chicago Playboys Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines Chgo J T Talmadge Damian Williams at Hugo s Frog Bar Chgo Dec 20 Tab Benoit at City Winery Chicago Liz Mandeville s Birthday Bash at Mac s on Slade Palatine Melvin Taylor The Slack Band at Rosa s Chgo Carlos Johnson at B L U E S Chicago Billy Branch Jon McDonald at Buddy Guy s Legends

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